1950 Phillies WHIZ KIDS- Fizzled

The 1950 World Series: Whiz Kids vs. Yankees


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Leading by 7 ½ games on September 20, the Phillies, known as the “Whiz Kids”, saw their lead shrink to one game over the second-place Dodgers with one game left, Sunday, October 1 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. A Brooklyn win would force a best-of-three playoff series starting the next day.
“We lost Curt (Simmons) to the service, (Bob) Miller and (Bubba) Church were injured so our pitching was thin,” said manager Eddie Sawyer. “Our hitters weren’t hitting and we couldn’t score runs. Fortunately, we had a lead big enough to coast a little bit.”
Sawyer chose Robin Roberts to start the season’s final game. It was Robbie’s fourth start in the last nine games. Tied, 1-1, after nine innings, the Phillies took a three-run lead when left fielder Dick Sisler, a left-handed hitter, homered into the left field seats, the most dramatic home run in club history. Robbie retired the Dodgers in order in the 10th and the Phillies were headed for the World Series for the first time since 1915.
Dubbed the Whiz Kids because of their youth, Sawyer’s club was led by CF Richie Ashburn (23), RF Del Ennis (24), 3B Willie Jones (24), SS Granny Hamner (22), 2B Mike Goliat (24), C Stan Lopata (24), RHP Bubba Church (24), RHP Bob Miller (23), INF Putsy Caballero (22), OF Jack Mayo (23), LHP Curt Simmons (20) and Roberts (23). All came up through the farm system.
Other regulars included C Andy Seminick, 1B Eddie Waitkus and Sisler, each 29 years of age.
Veteran reliever Jim Konstanty (33) appeared in a club-record 74 games, won 16 and saved 22 and was named the NL MVP. Roberts won 20 games, the start of six straight 20-win seasons.
Ennis led the club with a .311 average and topped the NL with 126 RBI. Ashburn hit .303 and led the NL with 14 triples.
A 3.50 staff ERA ranked lowest in the National League.
Simmons was second to Roberts with a 17-8 record in 31 games. His National Guard unit was activated, causing him to miss the last two weeks of the regular season and the World Series.
Phillies-Yankees World Series Game 1 – October 4 Because Roberts had started so many times in the final week, manager Eddie Sawyer surprised everyone by naming relief ace Jim Konstanty the starter. Konstanty allowed one run over eight innings but Vic Raschi blanked the Phillies on two singles in the series opener at Shibe Park, a 1-0 NY win. R H E New York 1 5 0 Phillies 0 2 1 WP: Raschi; LP: Konstanty HR: None Att: 30,746
Game 2 – October 5 Roberts started the second game and worked all 10 innings, a 2-1 loss when Joe DiMaggio homered into the upper deck in left field in the 10th inning. Richie Ashburn drove in the Phillies’ lone run with a fifth-inning fly ball. R H E New York 2 10 0 Phillies 1 7 0 WP: Reynolds; LP: Roberts HR: DiMaggio Att: 32,660
Game 3 – October 6 Trailing, 2-1, the Yankees won another one-run game with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Jerry Coleman, who drove in the winning run in Game 1, singled with two out in the last of the ninth for the game-winner. R H E Phillies 2 10 2 New York 3 7 0 WP: Ferrick; LP: Meyer HR: None Att: 65,791
Game 4 – October 7 Rookie sensation Whitey Ford blanked the Phillies for eight innings as the Yankees swept the series with a 5-2 decision. It was the Yankees’ 13th World Championship. Yankees hit .222, Phillies .203. R H E Phillies 2 7 1 New York 5 8 2 WP: Ford; LP: Miller HR: Berra Att: 69,098
Whiz Kids Today
Six players from the World Series roster are still living: Roberts (Tampa, FL), Simmons (Ambler, PA), Miller (Commerce Township, MI), Lopata (Mesa, AZ), Caballero (New Orleans, LA) and Mayo (Youngstown, OH). They are joined by coach Maje McDonnell (Philadelphia).
Thanks to the crack staff in the Phillies PR Department for the release content and photos. Well done!
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